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Image Microsystems

September 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Image Microsystems Wins 2011 Austin Business Award for Innovative Practices

Award Presented to the Company Selected for Setting the Standard in Employing Innovative New Ideas and Approaches to Doing Business

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - Image Microsystems -- a leading provider of technology restoration, reverse logistics, e-waste recycling, and recycled products manufacturing -- today announced they have been awarded the Medium Business Innovative Practices Award by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. The prestigious award has been presented the past 11 years as part of the Greater Austin Business Awards. This year, the business community submitted 385 nominations for the Business Awards -- the highest number of submissions ever.

"This Austin Chamber signature event illustrates our fundamental principle of honoring businesses of all sizes for their success and contribution to the community," said Austin Chamber Chairman of the Board and President of ABC Services, Bobby Jenkins. "We recognize these businesses not only because they help to drive the economy in Austin, but also because they serve as role models in their respective areas, providing solid examples of how businesses of all kinds can thrive in Austin."

"We are honored to have been selected for this award," stated Alex Abadi, PhD, CEO of Image Microsystems. "At Image Microsystems, innovation is integrated in everything we do. Whether it be the custom software we develop to enable major retailers and computer OEMs to manage their returns or asset recovery more efficiently, or the automated solutions we design to streamline the notoriously labor intensive reverse logistics programs we run in our factory," added Abadi. "We've also invested in research to develop closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle manufacturing -- from asset recovery through recycling and ultimately to products manufactured from e-waste," concluded Abadi.

One result of that effort is patent pending MicroStrate™ sign substrate. It is a versatile material made completely of recycled e-waste plastic. Image Microsystems' proprietary manufacturing process combines "dirty" plastic found in spent printer cartridges and computer or printer housings and converts it into resilient, cost-effective, earth-friendly products such as traffic signs and markers. "Dirty" plastic is considered valueless in the recycling supply chain and as a result frequently ends up in landfills or incinerated. Now, purchasers of signage and markers made from MicroStrate™ material can save money on a product as tough -- but not as theft-prone as aluminum -- while simultaneously feeling good about contributing to carbon footprint and e-waste reduction.

For example, a leading computer OEM partners with Image Microsystems for asset recovery and recycling of their returned products including spent printer cartridges. Those materials that can be refurbished are remarketed. The material that cannot be reused is recycled -- with the recycled material converted into MicroStrate™ signage installed on the OEM's campuses.

Currently, most e-waste ends up in China or other developing countries where it is a large and growing problem. As the problem grows, more and more "fake" recyclers enter the picture. Ethical companies such as Image Microsystems have searched for efficient methods of recycling and uses for e-waste. MicroStrate™ signage is a result of those efforts. The proprietary technology developed by Image Microsystems allows dirty e-waste plastic to be turned into a useable material for traffic signage and road markers. No other reverse logistics provider has this type of technology currently in use. You can learn more about the MicroStrate™ manufacturing process here.

About Image Microsystems, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Image Microsystems Inc. is a reverse logistics and technology restoration leader dedicated to offering innovative solutions to eliminate the legal, financial, and environmental risk associated with information technology and consumer electronics reclamation, recycling, and disposal. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.imagemicrosystems.com.

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